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Superman says ‘Lend a Friendly Hand’ to refugees


Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved considerably stricter screening procedures for refugees from Syria and Iraq seeking resettlement in the United States, despite a veto threat from the White House. It’s a controversial and highly criticized move that has further sparked the current debate on whether or not the United States should allow Syrian refugees to enter the country, but it looks like Superman has already made his stance clear — 55 years ago.

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Emperor Palpatine claims city council seat in Ukraine election


In the wake of Chewbacca’s arrest Sunday in Ukraine, Emperor Palpatine has risen to power — however much he can have on Odessa City Council.

According to multiple reports, Darth Sidious himself (aka “Palpatine Dmitry”) claimed a seat on the port city’s council after securing 54.4 percent of the vote in Odessa’s Poselok Kotovskogo. If only the actual Palpatine’s rise had been so streamlined, the Star Wars prequels would’ve been a lot more bearable.

Still, Palpatine Dmitry’s success left at least one politician bewildered.

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Empire strikes back as Chewbacca is arrested in Ukraine


Following the unveiling of the Darth Vader statue in Odessa, Ukraine, the Empire didn’t waste any time in tightening its iron grip.

Video surfaced Sunday of a very unhappy Chewbacca being detained not by Stormtroopers but by local police for, among other things, illegal campaigning on election day. Hadn’t they been told to let the Wookiee win?

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Lenin statue transformed into Darth Vader in Ukraine


The reach of the Galactic Empire has extended far beyond the Outer Rim to Ukraine, where a statue of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin has been transformed into a monument to Darth Vader.

Citing local reports, the Russian news agency TASS states the plaster statue resides at a factory in the port city of Odessa, where workers and local residents decided “it is time for new heroes.”

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Jeb Bush declares Supergirl is ‘pretty hot’


Following days of heated exchanges regarding his brother and 9/11, Jeb Bush should’ve welcomed a softball question about his favorite Marvel superhero. However, the struggling Republican presidential contender swung, missed and then got a little weird.

Appearing Wednesday at a Libre Initiative forum in Las Vegas, the former Florida governor initially seemed prepared for the question (“Who is your favorite superhero — Marvel, they have in parenthesis — and why?”), delivering a response tailored to the conservative audience. “I like watching the movies,” Bush said, “and I wish I owned Marvel, as somebody who believes in capitalism.”

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Say hello to Buddie, Ohio’s pro-marijuana superhero


Metropolis has Superman, Gotham City has Batman, and now Ohio has a superhero of its very own. However, some critics it were somebody else — anybody else.

Meet Buddie, the caped crusader enlisted by ResponsibleOhio to aid in the fight to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. You’ll recognize him by his green-and-white costume, marijuana leaf-like gloves, washboard abs, half-closed eyes and blinding smile. Oh, and by the enormous marijuana bud that serves as his head.

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Kevin Conroy reminds Donald Trump who’s the real Batman


Forget Christian Bale and Michael Keaton: For a generation of fans, Kevin Conroy is Batman. Over the past 23 years, the actor has voiced the Caped Crusader in more than 30 projects, ranging from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League: Doom to Batman: Arkham Knight — and he’s not about to allow Donald Trump to lay claim to the cape and cowl.

Campaigning over the weekend at the Iowa State Fair, the presidential candidate took groups of children a ride in his $7 million customized helicopter. Asked by a 9-year-old boy whether he’s Batman, the Republican frontrunner now famously replied in a husky voice, “I am Batman.”

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Donald Trump is the night in this ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ parody


After inspiring a hashtag and a parody Twitter account, the next logical step in the evolution of the “BatTrump” meme is, of course, an animated mashup.

Inspired by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s joking proclamation that “I am Batman,” ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! brought together audio of the presidential candidate and footage from Batman: The Animated Series to see what he would be like as the Caped Crusader.

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Donald Trump spills his secret identity: ‘I am Batman’

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has billions of dollars, a customized helicopter and jet, and an affinity for emblazoning his logo on any flat surface, but over the weekend he demonstrated he’s no Bruce Wayne.

While appearing Saturday at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Trump revealed his secret identity — an amateur move. It wasn’t the $7 million helicopter with ‘TRUMP” plastered on the side that gave it away, or the red ball cap with “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” but rather the candidate himself: He confessed to being Batman.

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Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager has a secret identity: comic book store owner

Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is currently the primary contender to frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the early field of candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver is at the head of Sanders’ efforts — and he’s also the owner and operator of a comic shop, as reported on earlier this week by Mother Jones.

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Rep. John Lewis marches through Comic-Con


This past weekend, politician and genuine American hero John Lewis made the trip to Comic-Con International to spread the word about “March: Book Two,” the second volume of the graphic novel trilogy detailing his experiences in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. But as detailed by the Washington Post, Rep. Lewis didn’t just drop in for a quiet appearance, he marched through the convention center with a group of children in tow. Wearing a trench coat and backpack filled with copies of “March,” Lewis arrived at Comic-Con “cosplaying” as his 25-year-old self, who led hundreds on a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Co-written with his staffer Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell (“Swallow Me Whole”), the “March” books are a three-part set of memoirs telling Rep. Lewis’ story from his days as a young boy in segregated Alabama, to being beaten in the Selma march of 1965, to his time as U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, a position he’s held since 1987.

On Saturday, Lewis took the stage at Comic-Con International alongside Aydin and Powell to discuss the books, his lifelong message of nonviolent protest and share a preview for “Book Three.” In attendance were a group of third-graders from San Diego’s own Oak Park Elementary, who then accompanied the congressman in a march from the panel to his signing at Top Shelf Productions’ booth, echoing his “Bloody Sunday” march.

DC Metro bans ‘issue’ ads rather than run Muhammad cartoon

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The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has decided to reject all issue-oriented advertising through at least the end of the year after an anti-Islam group sought to run an ad in subway stations and on buses featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

The illustration, by comic artist Bosch Fawstin, was the winning entry in the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest held May 3 in Garland, Texas, where two armed gunmen were killed by police during a foiled attack on the event.

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Beleaguered Turkish mayor replaces robot statue with T. rex

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Photo via Mete Sohtaoğlu

Facing mounting criticism for erecting a 20-foot statue of a robot that some have labeled a “monstrosity,” the longtime mayor of Ankara, Turkey, arrived at a solution: He replaced it last week, at taxpayer expense, with a replica of a 32-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex.

A flamboyant politician who’s been mayor of the country’s capital city since 1994, Melih Gökçek had responded to backlash over the initial statue by saying “Respect the robot,” only to later announce plans to replace it with a dinosaur, because the robot “got on the leftists’ nerves.”

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President Obama thanks Japan for giving us manga and anime


President Obama officially welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House on Tuesday to address free trade and international cooperation. But before the discussion turned too serious, the Most Powerful Man in the World wanted to talk a little about manga and anime.

Speaking at the arrival ceremony, Obama said the visit by Abe and his wife Akie was an opportunity for he and First Lady Michelle Obama to return the hospitality they received in Japan (where the president played soccer with a robot).

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Ben Affleck gives a ‘Batman’ shoutout during Senate hearing


Ben Affleck with Sen. Patrick Leahy

Testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, actor Ben Affleck reminded senators that, well, he’s Batman — and dropped a minor spoiler about the upcoming Warner Bros. film.

“To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman,” Affleck said, addressing Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. “The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.”

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